open-enrollment season, meaning large companies are offering workers a chance
to change their health plans, but the choices are grim: The cost of premiums is
rising even as benefits packages shrink, the Associated Press reports.
"Workers and employers both are looking at higher health tabs for next
year. And with proposed health care overhauls at least three years away,
cynicism about the state of the nation's health care is running high. It's
enough to give some insurance health fairs all the pizazz of a dour mandatory
lecture" (Wyatt, 10/25).
all the way up to the White House have pledged that health reform won't cause
people to lose their current, employer-based coverage if they like it, Time
reports. "Yet the numbers behind that system show that it may be just as
unsustainable as -- if not more than -- the U.S. health-care system as a whole,
in which health care costs nationwide are on pace to exceed 20% of our gross
domestic product by 2018" (Pickert, 10/26).
course, the situation of people who get ever more expensive insurance from
their companies may look enviable to some. CBS News reports: Sixty percent of
businesses in this country currently provide health benefits for their
employees. But only half that number cover part-time workers." Whole Foods
is among the rare companies that offers reasonably priced plans to part-timers
The Kansas City Star examines the working
uninsured: "As a statistical
group, they are massive and diverse but speak of a singular concern. Medical
coverage often stays beyond their reach even with a regular paycheck, leaving
them in the same vulnerable place as those with no work or those scratching out
the most meager of livings. It is hardly because of a lousy work ethic. Of the
approximately 46.3 million uninsured individuals in the United States, 27.8
million are adults with jobs. Full time. Part time. Multiple part time"
Source: Kaiser Health News